Published Feb 4, 2014
Our friends at the U.S. Forest Service office at North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest will be closing roads to protect the fragile ecosystem in their area.
They're about to begin the first phase of an ecosystem improvement project in the Pisgah Ranger District that includes 64-acres of timber harvesting.
The Brushy Ridge project will provide a number of environmental benefits, such as controlling non-native species, improving fish habitat and promoting wildlife habitats.
To help ensure public safety during timber harvesting activities, the Forest Service will close trails and roads in the Trace Ridge Area of Henderson County, beginning in early February 2014 and continuing through May 2014.
Trace Ridge Trailhead will not be accessible and the use of the trails and roads is prohibited. Please use caution while traveling in the area, particularly Wash Creek Road as logging trucks will be on the area roads.
The U.S. Forest Service is closing additional roads in the Pisgah National Forest:
Access will remain open to North Mills River Recreation Area and Wolf Ford Horse Camp.
Seasonal freeze and thaw caused soft road conditions that make driving difficult. Additional traffic can increase damage to roads and cause sediment runoff into adjacent streams. These conditions also create a public safety concern because of the likelihood of having difficulties traveling on the road, including the possibility of becoming stranded. The duration of these closures will be determined by weather conditions.
The Forest Service designed the Brushy Ridge project to fulfill management objectives in the current Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest management plan. This project allows the agency to implement a variety of management activities to improve ecological diversity, as well as promote forest health and sustainability.
Later this spring or summer, the Forest Service will implement the second phase of this project, which involves an additional 63 acres. Seniard Mountain Road (FS 5001) and Bear Branch Trail (Trail 328) will be closed during that phase.
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